Lord, please show me Your truth today in these Scriptures. Amen
"She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne. Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days." (Revelation 12:5-6)
The evil dragon, satan, could not stop the plan of God. Jesus Christ did come into this world through the portals of a Jewish virgin's womb. He lived a sinless life, died upon the Cross, arose from the grave a victorious Saviour, and was then caught up to heaven where He now reigns in preparation for the glorious day of His return!
So the purposes of God have not been derailed, and He continues to move history forward on the course He has set. Though the enemy rages on with increasing ferocity, we see God continues to preserve His beloved people. He protects and provides for Israel during the three-and-a-half-year period when the antichrist's wrath will be turned upon the Jews after their rejection of him in the temple (v. 6, v. 14).
In the antichrist, we see satan's twisted attempt to send a protege of his own into the world. This loathsome false Messiah will be the devil's vulgar imitation of the Lord Jesus Christ. Just as Jesus did the will of His Father while He was here on earth, the antichrist will do the bidding of satan.
satan failed in all of his attempts to deter the Son of God, so he tries now to get at God by harming those He loves. And during this time of the Great Tribulation, he will set his sites upon the 144,000 elect Jews (v. 17). He will try to use the anitchrist to destroy them. But his desperate and despicable plans are the ones destined for failure.
satan sails a sinking ship, and as the Almighty begins to rein him in, he knows his time is short (v. 12).